I often seem to be tinkering with my artist statement, but for now at least this is a good summation of where my practice is at. I work with lens based media; usually stills and sometimes moving image. The relationship between the material and immaterial and its bearing upon true self is of great interest to me.
My work combines authoring and appropriating imagery to create new pieces; sometimes combined with language; other times as photomontage; to present metaphor or symbolism. I have made each piece is like a jigsaw mystery, whose parts must be understood to fully grasp their relevance as a whole. It is my intention that they become richer through this approach; ‘The whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts.’
The idea that meaning has become embedded in our perception of particular objects and their images fascinates me. As Jung states, in reference to impersonal (universal) archetypes, the structures of the images vary from culture to culture and person to person but are not limitless or chaotic; they are archaic and shared by all people.
Therefore these lens based media images which can be both personal (variable) and impersonal (universal) give greater depth to the things we see around us; making them act as pointers to immaterial and intangible states. Therefore they are a way of understanding how, what and why we value; what we see, have and are – or maybe what we don’t see, do not have and are not!
Through this approach we can appreciate the power of the symbolism we surround ourselves with.